“Coco-Roons” are a brand of desserts by a company called Wonderfully Raw. They can be found in most natural grocers like Whole Foods for, ahem, $7.99 per small package. They are an insanely delicious almost-raw dessert made from coconut and almond flour. Best of all, the version we’re making here is totally One Ingredient Diet approved. Yes, they pack at least a million grams of fat per tablespoon-sized serving, and are about as naughty a dessert as you’ll find on the One Ingredient Diet, but hey, they are made with only one ingredient foods!
The greatest part about this recipe is that you only need one bowl and 3 minutes to put these together. No baking, no complicated steps; just mix the ingredients, form into balls, and refrigerate. Done. The version we’re making here is similar to the cacao nib variety, but see the end for suggestions on how to make other flavor combos.
Makes 9 Coco-Roons
- 1/3 cup coconut butter
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Slightly soften the coconut butter in the microwave for a few seconds, or if you prefer, in a saucepan over low heat. Coconut butter is basically puréed coconut that includes the flesh and the oil, so it will not melt like coconut oil, but it will soften quite a bit.
Then, stir in the almond flour, cacao nibs, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt until combined. Note: Almond flour is just finely-ground almonds. If you don’t have this ingredient, add whole almonds to a food processor until ground into a powder.
These are super rich desserts and it is important to make small serving sizes. I use a tablespoon to measure the perfect size, then roll the soft dough between my hands to form a ball. These can be eaten as is, but they get much better after chilling for an hour or two to firm up. Tip: it’s best to refrigerate on non-stick paper as they do have a tendency to stick to plates.
Other Flavor Ideas
The authentic brand of Coco-Roons come in many varieties; the base recipe works well with additional flavor combos. Here are a few ideas that all start out with the recipe above (minus the cacao nibs) and the addition of the following natural ingredients:
- Chocolate Brownie – Add a tablespoon or two of carob powder or cocoa powder.
- Lemon – Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and the zest of one lemon.
- Pumpkin Spice – Add 1-2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for a holiday-inspired version.
- Berry Pie – Mash and add 1 tablespoon fresh or frozen berries.